Inokim OXO: Overview
In this Inokim OXO review, we reveal what’s great about the OXO, what’s quirky, and what flaws some may not be able to live with. Keep reading to discover which performance records the OXO breaks, which of its few flaws breaks our hearts, and which flaw you can easily fix.
|Tested top speed: 36.7 mph*|
|Tested range: 36.6 mi*|
|Weight: 74 lb|
|Max rider weight: 260 lb|
|Water resistance: None|
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
|Best braking ever tested|
|Awesome rubber suspension|
|Frustrating throttle response|
|Hard plastic deck|
What do Ferrari, Ducati and Inokim all have in common?
They all get away with making stunning, amazing vehicles, which too often also contain one heartbreaking flaw. For example, with Ferrari it’s maintenance cost, or the fact that every new generation car they release gets recalled for catching fire.
Each Inokim model is a feat of design and execution. They’re beautiful, exotic, cohesive and refined, but also each seem to contain quirks that some can live with and some cannot.
The OXO achieves perfection in so many departments. It has record-breaking stopping power, with the best braking that we’ve ever tested. It also comes with what feels like bottomless 36.6-mile range — the third longest range we’ve ever measured behind the beefy Wolf Warrior and ultrarunner, EMOVE Cruiser. Build quality and design are second to none.
But like other exotics, it’s not picture perfect. It has a frustrating throttle response. It’s like they built a scooter with massive turbo lag.
Pulling on the throttle of a beast, you expect roaring, road ripping acceleration that propels you forward. However, the OXO has a lackluster start, and accelerates exponentially faster as speeds increase. It takes practice to hold a constant speed over 15 mph.
Another minor flaw is the hard plastic deck, which provides the worst traction in both wet and dry conditions. This can be remedied with grip tape, but is an oversight.
Whether or not these flaws — in an otherwise impeccable design — are deal breakers will depend on the rider.
Other Scooters to Consider
- To keep it simple, check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters
- More range: Only the EMOVE Cruiser and Kaabo Wolf Warrior have longer ranges than the OXO
- Higher top speed: The Minimotors Dualtron Eagle Pro is a little over 8 mph faster than the OXO
- Faster acceleration: The Apollo Pro (60 V) is almost twice as fast as the OXO off the start line
|Inokim OXO||36.7 mph||36.6 mi||74 lb||$2799|
|Apollo Pro (60V)||42.0 mph||26.2 mi||77 lb||$2499|
|Kaabo Mantis Pro||37.0 mph||33.7 mi||65 lb||$2499|
|Minimotors Dualtron Eagle Pro||44.0 mph||33.0 mi||66 lb||$2290|
Inokim OXO Review
Results below are based on our independent testing and not data provided by the manufacturer. Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter performance testing page.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||3.8 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)||5.1 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 25 mph)||6.8 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 30 mph)||9.6 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 35 mph)||16.7 seconds|
|Top speed||36.7 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||8.6 feet|
|Hill climb||10.0 seconds|
Let’s just get the awkwardness out of the way. The OXO throttle is unusual. Not just that it’s a thumb throttle, but also the way in which power comes on.
No matter how quickly you press your thumb downward when taking off from a standstill, the OXO smoothly rolls on the throttle, building from 25% to 100% throttle over the course of 5 seconds.
If you release the throttle for more than 3 seconds and whack it again, it begins the throttle ramp-up, again starting at 25% power. However, if you release the throttle and re-apply very quickly, it comes back immediately at 100% power, which can feel a little jerky if you’re not expecting it.
The OXO throttle is also not the easiest to hold at steady speed. For example, staying at exactly 22 mph feels like a balancing act, between too much throttle and too little. If your riding style is more of a blast-and-coast style, you won’t be bothered by the dexterity requirement of steady-speed cruising at all.
No matter you’re riding style, if you’re expecting burnout power off the starting line that you can apply at will, you’ll be disappointed.
In our performance test, the OXO sped from zero to 15 mph in 3.8 seconds, which is around 1 to 2 seconds slower start than most other beasts.
The OXO is an able hill climber, getting up the incline at a slower pace to start, but gaining speed as it reaches the 200-foot distance in 10.0 seconds.
It took the 10% grade climb at an average speed of 20.7 mph, which is a good clip uphill.
Compare with other scooters on our performance page.
Keep in mind that the OXO comes with a standard top speed of 15 mph, unlockable up to a claimed 40 mph, and is a kick-to-start scooter, which is uncommon among beasts.
With unlocking, the OXO has a tested top speed of 36.7 mph. We perform all tests with a 165 lb rider in the scooter’s highest performance mode.
The OXO gets 36.6 miles of long-lasting range, which felt bottomless for our experienced rider. Even on one bar of battery, the OXO continued to maintain speed until the very last 2 miles.
The fan favorite Apollo Pro has ample acceleration that it trades for a 26.2-mile range, while the OXO is slower to go but can keep going, and going, and going.
After testing over 60 electric scooters, we’ve found the best in braking, and it’s the Inokim OXO. It has a tested braking distance of 9 ft, which is excellent for both safety and ride comfort.
The Zoom hydraulic brakes have firm levers that provide great feedback, taking very little effort to control. They feel very solid and responsive. The brakes aren’t uttering annoying noises, even after test riding for a few weeks.
Because there are no regenerative or electric brakes, applying them feels very linear from a “slight pull” all the way down to “hard mash” for a full stop.
It’s a pleasure to experience and, combined with the rubber suspension, the best braking that we’ve ever tested.
The OXO has a luxurious ride. The rubber suspension does a great job of keeping the scooter under control and in firm contact with the ground. You can feel how it catches the weight of the scooter as it surges forward, balancing it in a controllable way over the front tire.
That controlled feeling is why it’s tied for best suspension with the Minimotors Dualtron Eagle Pro. However, it bests the Eagle because the OXO’s solid build remains silent when riding, while the Eagle’s build moans and groans.
Pairing that with the dual hydraulic brakes, it feels like you have all day to add and remove braking pressure to find the perfect balance point between braking too hard and skidding.
However, here’s where the OXO is heartbreakingly close to perfect. That throttle.
The thumb throttle on the OXO doesn’t always respond the way you expect, and makes it nearly impossible to maintain any speed above 15 mph without surging. It has the most razor’s edge control we’ve experienced, but functions better if you let it do its thing, bobbing around a speed rather than holding a specific speed.
Inokim OXO’s P-settings
To access the P-settings menu, long-press the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons. Use the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons to adjust the setting, and the power button to toggle through each feature.
|1||Screen Brightness||b-1 (dim), b-2 (bright), b-3 (brightest)|
|2||Speed Limit||0 to 40 (for mph or kph)|
|3||Cruise Control||N – No (off) Y – Yes (on)|
|4||Unit (miles or kilometers)||0 – kilometers (kph) 1 – miles (mph)|
|5||Light Sensor Sensitivity||Default: Y, 510 |
(lower number = more sensitive to light)
Unlocking Top Speed
To unlock top speed, open the P-settings menu, then long-press all three buttons (plus, minus, and power). You’ll see P-setting 7, which is for tire diameter (Default: 10 for 10 in).
Press all three buttons once more to access P-setting 8, which is the max speed limiter. Change the value from the default 15 (for 15 mph) to 40 (or whatever is the legal limit in your region).
We set it to 40 because that’s how we roll, but we always ride safe and wear a (full-face) helmet.
For the Big Dawgs
Big dawgs (noun): larger riders that are over 200 lbs and 6 ft or taller, often favoring oversized decks, tall handlebars, pneumatic tires, and suspension
|Super smooth suspension|
|Price matches performance|
|Do not use in single motor|
|Not a brawny beast|
Our resident big dawg has not been a fan of Inokims, as historically they pack style but lack power at a premium price. The Inokim OXO has one very important thing that previous Inokim models do not: dual motors. It has another thing big dawgs howl for: solid suspension.
The OXO has an awesome ride out of the gate. It is more than 25 lbs lighter than the well-respected beefcake, the Wolf Warrior, making it a little easier to handle, as you’re contending with the road and not the scooter’s weight. It delivers a super smooth ride with good bounce in the suspension for big dawgs.
The OXO does not have road ripping acceleration, but has excellent range and a durable build for coasting around all weekend. In single motor mode, the OXO is very much like the OX (which is not approved), so keep this exotic beast in dual motor mode and it’ll remain big dawg approved.
Inokim OXO Features
Although you can make the Inokim OXO more compact, we wouldn’t necessarily call it portable. The folded dimensions are 48 in long by 23 in wide by 21 in tall, with a ground clearance of 4.5 in.
It unfolds and is ready in the upright position in 9 seconds in our timed test. It’s actually one of the best folding mechanisms we’ve seen. It folds down very easily and the stem locks to the fin so it stays compact, but it isn’t easy to lift.
The blade stem and width of the OXO make it awkward to carry alongside your body, even with one hand on the fin.
We wouldn’t recommend using this as a last-mile commuter unless you don’t have to heave it in and out of a car trunk or up and down stairs. It should fit in most car trunks, but was a pretty tight fit into a Honda Accord.
The tapered handlebars look expensive and work well, although they’re angled away from the rider rather than toward.
The flat-palm hand grips are secured near the stem, but are not secured on the opposite end. They can rotate while you’re riding, so don’t support your hand as well as fixed flat-palm grips.
On the left handlebar, you have a bell (90 dB) and red button. When pressed, the red button puts the scooter in dual motor mode. When the button is popped out, you know you’re only using one motor (the rear).
On the right handlebar, you have a minimal display (the same display used on the Inokim OX and Inokim Light 2), with plus (+), minus (-) and power buttons, and a thumb throttle. Compared to the next-gen display on the Inokim Quick 4 Super, it looks a bit outdated.
Although small, it is not unsophisticated, as you can toggle through basic information by pressing the power button (once on) and access p-settings by long-pressing the buttons.
The hydraulic brake master cylinders look high end, and all of the cables in the cockpit are neatly wrapped. It’s a very complete, clean cockpit design.
The OXO has low-mounted auto-sensing lights, including headlights that emit from the front of the deck and a taillight at the rear right corner.
The default ambient light response is set fairly low. We recommend increasing the sensitivity, so they turn on in dim rather than dark environments.
Testing the OXO’s light in the dark, we discovered that it throws a triangular pattern in front of you, which helps you see alongside and ahead.
The taillight, however, is only on the right side of the deck. This is a poor location for a brake signal on a vehicle ridden in the United States, as cars will generally be traveling to your left.
For riding a scooter at night, we recommend adding more lights, including a high-mounted headlight for better visibility and another light to attach to the back of your helmet or backpack.
The 10.0 in pneumatic tires are fairly standard, but the Inokim design provides an ingenious convenience. The OXO does not come with split rims or pre-slimed tires, but the single-sided swingarms allow you to more easily and quickly change a flat.
Many scooters have double-sided swingarms that you have to disassemble before getting to the wheel, which you sometimes have to remove before getting to the tire.
On the OXO, pull the valve stem out of the rim (and detach the fender for easier maneuvering), and then you can easily shimmy the tire and inner tube off of the wheel.
Read more about preventing and repairing flats.
The deck is made of hard plastic, with a design reminiscent of river rocks. That would be appropriate, as river rocks are slippery, as is this deck.
There is plenty of standing room, as the deck measures 20.0 in long by 7.3 in wide.
The OXO has a fin at the rear of the deck that’s not exactly a step, it’s not a fender, and it’s definitely not a handle. It does encase the latch for locking the stem to the deck, and reminds us a little of a spoiler.
5-Minute, $15 Fix
We really hate hard plastic decks, as they provide the least traction between your shoes and the scooter compared to rubberized and griptape covered decks. Griptape provides the best, well, grip.
We found a 33 ft roll of 4-in wide griptape for $15 on Amazon. Cut two 40-in strips of griptape and attach to the deck, letting it taper down the edges of the deck, and trimming off any excess.
Since you’re only using about 7 ft of the roll, you can use the rest of the griptape on any other surface in need of traction.
Inokim is masterful with build, implementing sIngle-sided swingarms, stylish wheels, and an effective stem folding mechanism with the OXO. It’s absolutely solid but less like a hammer and more like a well-balanced sword. The OXO swooshes through the air, gliding over the pavement like a work of electric art.
When inspecting the Inokim OXO, you notice few exposed bolts, cables, and wonky bits. Where other scooters have sharp juts and unmatched seams, the OXO has sleek curvatures and tapered edges. The matte black frame with contrasting orange hand grips, swingarms, and branding give the OXO street-worthy appeal. It looks just as good rolling through urban jungles as it does zipping between skyscrapers.
The charging port is in a great location for easy access, and has a rubberized port cover. Keeping moisture at bay is key, as the OXO does not come with an IP rating.
Stem Folding Mechanism
The folding mechanism on the Inokim OXO is best in class. The design is stellar and super solid, with a red lever that secures the stem in the upright position, and a rubber collar that wraps around the stem for extra security.
To release the stem from the upright position, unhook the rubber collar and pull the red lever downward toward the deck. It will unlatch, and you can easily rotate the stem down to the deck to lock in place.
Although this design may not seem world-rocking, most performance-level scooters have the ubiquitous collar stem folding design, featuring a metal collar with two clamps that you have to painstakingly adjust to get just right. Not only are they a pain to secure, they can allow annoying stem wobble to wiggle in.
Inokim OXO: Review Conclusions
With the addition of griptape, the Inokim OXO is one of our favorite scooters to ride. It moves beautifully and it looks beautiful doing it, cornering with confidence.
Once you get used to the quirky throttle, you may come to prefer the smooth acceleration over head-snapping torque of other, more beastly beast scooters.
So, let’s face it. There is no perfect scooter. We all have flaws, and the OXO has two main flaws: the frustrating throttle control at higher speeds and the hard plastic deck.
We easily fixed the deck with some griptape, and got used to the way the OXO rides, so those flaws are excusable when you feel the way the OXO rides. It’s just different, so near perfect and like its single motor predecessor, more than just stats.
If the Inokim line doesn’t fit your needs, check out our ESG Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.
Inokim OXO Specifications From Manufacturer
Note: This may differ from our tested specifications.
|Folded dimensions||48 by 23 by 21 in|
|Motor power, continuous||2000 W|
|Top speed||40 mph|
|Battery capacity||1536 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||14 hrs|
|Max rider weight||260 lb|
|Brake type||Disc + Disc|
|Tire type||10.0 in Pneumatic + Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights||Front + Rear|